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    Probably not the whole thing but a section would be realistic. I left my copy in Sydney but easy to get a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    Something big and Roman like Ovid's Metamorphoses or Virgil's Aeneid?
    How did you get on with Virgil?

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    I've read a modern translation of the Ovid. Cos Pound keeps using it in the cantos. The sailors kidnapping dionysus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    How did you get on with Virgil?
    I read the Robert Fitzgerald translation which was good. It's like the Iliad and the Odyssey jammed into one book, but the other way around. The artifice and its political purpose in Augustan Rome ultimately vitiates the work in comparison to its Greek models and rivals, but that just unleashes lots of other interesting angles.

    J K Huysman's dismissal of Virgil in rebours is stunningly scathing.

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    Pound hated Virgil too. Can't remember why.

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    You're right, but I can't either. Did he blame him for Pope and Dryden?

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    I think he was fond of Pope. He told Eliot cut the Pope pastiche (from the wasteland(, you can't do it as well as Pope and suffer by the comparison.

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    Mcluhan is huge on Pope. Pope is central to hos work, weirdly. I've not been drawn to it at all. I suppose degrees can be good in that they force you to engage with stuff you wouldn't otherwise bother with.

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    Maybe we should all read Pope.

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    Yeah, read Pope. Good call.

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    Tell us about Pope. We're not sure what it is. We don't have a masters in eng lit

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    We're grubby autodidacts with ideas above our station.

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    What do you reckon corpse? Its not cosmic, which I find offputting.

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    I'm worried I'll have to refer to footnotes about the 18th century throughout

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